To all single ladies out there – You owe no one an apology!

Hi everyone! Hope we had a nice weekend? I can see everything turning around for our good very very soon! Just believe and give life your best shot!

Late last year and last month, the ‘in thing’ seemed to be ‘OPEN LETTERS’. Someone actually called it the season of open letters! Lol! If you still don’t get it I implore you to go search out the social media and any other platforms available to you for anything on ‘Open Letters’ *smiling broadly*

However, there are a couple of letters that are quite ‘trending’ now especially on twitter. Letters to Jack and Jill. Yes! The famous Jack and Jill in our nursery rhymes! Though these are just names given by the writer of these letters to represent a man and a woman. The author is no other than Leke Alder, a brand strategy consultant among many other caps he wears. Check out Leke_Alder on twitter and you will be pleasantly surprised and better enlightened as per the relationship between a man and a woman.

In today’s post, am featuring one of his letters titled ‘ Subomi Plumptre – A single woman’s missive’
Posted 31-10-2013

Dear LA,
A potential suitor recently asked why I wasn’t married. It was a loaded question and it came with a full set of assumptions.
It wasn’t so much an enquiry as a subtle judgment – “A woman like you in her 30s should be married by now. If you’re unmarried, there must be something wrong with you – Perhaps a dark past or you’re unmanageable and no man can control you”. (As if marriage were a time stamped project devoid of human considerations and life’s complexities).
So, I decided not to dignify his query or satisfy his curiosity or ignorance thereof.  Instead I said something rather cheeky, rejecting the premise of the question.  I simply indicated that he was far older, unhappy and unmarried, hence his question was moot! But lately, after reading your letters, I’ve chosen to clarify my position, at least to myself. It will influence the course of my future relationship.
First, do I want to get married? Of course. Have I been asked before? Yes.  So, why didn’t I say yes? Simple – Choice and Conviction.  Perhaps I’m a romantic idealist but I believe marriage is a serious institution. It has mystical connotations and should not be treated lightly.
I won’t get married because society expects it, my peers are doing it, my biological clock is ticking or I’m lonely. I’m not brave, stubborn or unrealistic. Just truthful to myself. No one else but me and the person I eventually choose will deal with the consequences of the decision. I’m also acutely aware that marrying the wrong person can wreck my peace, health, future & potential. I’m not fooled by the smiling faces of the married who cry in distress when no one sees.
In the meantime, I deal with the usual pressures as well as I can – sex for one. Perhaps if I was getting my freak on regularly, the decision to wait would’ve been easier. But I guess I was lucky enough to experience my “mid-life crisis” at an early age. Principles have finally prevailed and I choose not to sleep around.  Anyway, doing so will do nothing for my personal happiness. It’s a temporary fix at best.
To be sure, I have the opportunity to indulge and the knowledge to avoid unwanted “medical conditions”.  I have no fear of a besmirched reputation as I can opt for foreign flings.  I also seem to serve a very forgiving God. So rationally, my primary reason for sexual prudence is I’ve never understood how to split my sexual favours in several places. And so loneliness has become a constant companion. I’m sapiosexual, you see.
I have multiple ideas every day, so deeply desire a home for my head; a counterpart; conversations that matter; laughter. Someone I can relate to; whose mind sharpens mine; who’ll be able to relate to my fantasies without being aghast! I do admit to sometimes using work to chase the loneliness away but I’m thankful for it. Prevents me from calling those I shouldn’t. I’m also grateful for those who are there for me.
So, there you have it LA. Perhaps the next time the question comes my way, I’ll be better prepared to give a factual response.  In the meantime, I continue to focus on happiness, no matter how obscure. I choose to wait even if it doesn’t accord with so-called popular wisdom or convention.  I choose to make the best relationship decisions knowing I can’t fully control outcomes or the future.

I remain as always your mentee,

Awesome awesome write-up! Kudos to you Leke_Alder! Wow! Dear reader, if you are a single lady, i guess you can identify with the content of Subomi’s missive. Although i really wish her primary reason for abstinence from sexual dalliances is because God frowns on such. Rather than her rationale, ‘So rationally, my primary reason for sexual prudence is I’ve never understood how to split my sexual favours in several places.’

Follow Leke_Alder on twitter and get his Letters to Jack and Jill first hand verse by verse. Lol! And to some of my readers that want to read the letters uninterrupted, visit or just hang out with me here if Uncle Leke thinks its okay.*winking mischievously*
Till my next post…being single is not a curse, enjoy your singleness while it last! Mind you, there is no marriage in heaven!

About Kemi Odutayo

‘Kemi Odutayo, a graduate of University of Lagos, Nigeria is a Practitioner of NLP, a blogger, an author, a counselor and a media consultant. She is the Head of Operations, Me4 Communications, a publishing, marketing and communications outfit specializing in publishing books/eBooks, managing and offering training for social media accounts for individuals and organizations. Kemi and her husband of many years, Kayode Odutayo have a beautiful family blessed with three lovely children.